In his book Uncensored, the previous senior supervisor of Pakistan Television (PTV) late Burhanuddin Hasan composes that, the previous Pakistani despot, General Zia-ul-Haq (1977-88) was a sharp TV watcher. As per Hasan, Zia would call different high positioning PTV representatives to talk about with them a show or a teleplay he had watched. He would partake exhaustively his perceptions.
Hasan composes that the makers and dramatists that Zia regularly called, puzzled over whether the head of state and military boss burned through the entirety of his nights sitting in front of the TV. Zia never took steps to end anything on TV that he detested. In any case, his ‘perceptions’ in such manner ordinarily emerged looking like ‘exhortation’ gave to PTV by the service of data.
Shoaib Mansoor, the maker of PTV’s well known parody show Fifty-Fifty (1978-84) was somebody Zia approached a normal premise. The show was written by the humorist Anwar Maqsood, who had an inclination for deceiving the exceptional look of the edit board by utilizing unpretentious mind to scrutinize the autocracy. Yet, Zia regularly picked what the individuals from the blue pencil board had missed. In a 1979 drama, a fabric shipper is seen selling a cream. His shop has been struck by the police for selling carried garments. To insinuate that he had been flagellated by a system which, till 1980, took incredible got a kick out of holding public-whipping events, the trader is shown selling a cream used to recuperate blemishes on an individual’s body. He says nowadays this cream sold more than garments.
Before long Mansoor was forced to bear the despot’s telephone, being addressed on why flagellating was vital. Curiously, as though to kill the tyrant’s irritation, the show would likewise sneak through plays that its makers knew would please him. For example, a drama taunted ladies’ privileges associations that, at that point, were Zia’s most intense pundits. In the play, a gathering of ladies are shown holding notices requesting sex equity. Seeing this, a retailer promptly sets up a ‘deal’ sign external his shop. When the sign goes up, the ladies toss down their notices and surge inside the shop.